Research Writing Guide
Ms. Sisko (2012)
Dear Students and Parents:
Please sign this sheet after you have read through these
research guidelines. This year, students will choose a famous author or
historical figure or a controversial issue as a topic for research. If you
choose author or historical figure research, your paper will be informational; your
research paper will be written in diary form as you pretend to be the author or
the famous person from history and add your imagination to adorn the important
facts/happenings in the person’s life.
Therefore, the diary dates will not be daily but perhaps months or years
apart. If you choose a controversial issue, your paper will be persuasive; you
must pretend you are a United States Senator and write a persuasive letter to
the other senators in which you try to convince them to see the issue your
way. Persuasive essay format would be
Steps in the research process:
plagiarizing by reviewing page R34 in your literature book.
- Make a source card for each source
you find so having a works cited section will be possible.
Three sources are required.
- Once you have enough informational
sources, create note cards as you read.
- Create an outline;
then begin drafting.
- The next step is revision.
- The final step is editing,
checking spelling, capitalization, punctuation, all grammar.
- The final section of the research
project is the works cited section. See page R35 in your literature book for proper MLA style.
Due dates and items for English:
- Parent signature on this guide sheet due Jan. 20. 5 points
- 3 source cards due Jan. 31. We will be in our library during class
for two full days prior to this due date.
- 25 note cards due February 7. 25 points
- Non-sentence outline due February 14. 15 points
- Rough draft due Feb. 21, minimum=3 pages typed, double-spaced, standard font, 25 points
- Revision,in colored pencil on draft
one, due Feb. 28. 15
- Final Copy due March 6th 25 points